Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata could be back in action for the club’s game against Swansea City this weekend after missing eight games.
The Spain international has been out of action after undergoing groin surgery, and initially looked likely to miss the rest of the 2016/17 campaign.
However, Antonio Valencia’s latest post on Instagram seems to confirm what Jose Mourinho said earlier this week, that Mata could be back sooner than expected.
United have a long list of injury problems at the moment, but now look to have been handed a significant boost with the return of this key attacking player for the visit of Swansea on Sunday.
Uploading a picture of himself and Mata on Instagram, Valencia said: ‘Happy birthday brother and congratulations on your return.’
It remains to be seen if the 29-year-old will be fit enough to start the game at Old Trafford, but United fans will at least hope to see him emerge from the bench at some point.
Having drawn 0-0 with Manchester City in midweek, the Red Devils are in urgent need of a win to keep up their fight for a top four finish this May.